The audiophile in your life is notoriously picky, not only with what they listen to but how good it sounds. Which means shopping for the products that will most please their ears is tricky. So, we charged our own resident audiophile with finding the best gifts for the music lover. Here’s what he came up with.
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Music Hall MMF-5.3LE Turntable
Striking visually, this belt-drive table limits vibration and resonance for true audiophile listening, thanks to a dual-plinth construction and 9-inch carbon fiber tonearm. The result: More than just something to look at (but, still, get it in Ferrari red), it delivers solid, crisp sound from all your albums.
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AudioQuest DragonFly Red
This thumbdrive-sized DAC & headphone amplifier drastically improves the sound quality coming from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The red model outputs more volts to drive larger, audiophile-quality headphones.
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Logitech Bluetooth Audio Receiver
Turn any old stereo system into a streaming setup with this small plug-and-play box. It pairs with two devices at a time, so they can effortlessly switch between audio sources like a smartphone and laptop. It also works with any speaker system that has a 3.5mm jack or RCA inputs.
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Rolling Stone magazine has been around for 50 years, and is now up for sale. In line with that anniversary is a deeply reported book by author Joe Hagan, with a revealing look at the life of the mag’s founder, Jann Wenner. The subject has essentially disavowed the biography, calling it “deeply flawed and tawdry,” but you won’t be able to put it down.
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Belkin 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar
Since Apple killed the headphone jack, our lives have been ruled by dongles. Here’s the one to get the guy who’s still using corded cans with his new iPhone: it’ll let him rock out at the same time he’s recharging the phone.
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There are a slew of “smart speakers” flooding the market right now, all connecting to digital assistants from Amazon, Google, or Apple. But Sonos still tops everything in terms of audio quality. It has Amazon Alexa built-in, so ask it for a joke, get the weather, or pipe music throughout the home without ever picking up a smartphone.
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Google has ramped up its hardware offerings, including this wireless pair of earbuds. They connect with a Pixel 2 just as easily as the AirPods to an iPhone. The sound is clear, the fit is secure, and, they’re easy to control—tap or swipe the right bud to change the volume and pause playback. Touch and hold the bud to quickly bring up Google’s Assistant, which can get answers faster than you can pull your phone out of your pocket.
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To go truly wireless with an iPhone, get AirPods. The buds work more reliably than anything else you can buy now. They pair with an iPhone in mere seconds, automatically reconnect every time you stick them in your ears, and never cut out. Plus, the rechargeable case is the smallest on the market, but packs 20+ hours of battery.
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